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X Factor star Lucy leads World's largest children's choir

The largest Children's choir in the world, Young Voices will be performing for the next five nights at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena and leading them will be local X Factor star Lucy Spraggan.

Sheffield's Lucy Spraggan on ITV's X Factor Credit: ITV

Lucy will be joining approximately 7,000 singing school children every evening this week as part of the Young Voices national tour.

Young Voices provides an unrivalled musical opportunity for primary school children to perform all styles of music including folk, pop, rock and classical.

Teachers & pupils practice the dance routines and learn the songs in their music lessons for many months before they come together for the penultimate show at their local arena.

Lucy Spraggan shot to fame on X Factor 2012, she auditioned performing her own composition, 'Last night' but had to pull out of the competition due to illness, so she subsequently finished in ninth place, and second in her category.

She was the first contestant in the show's history to score a Top 40 single and album before the live shows even aired with her independently released album Top Room At The Zoo.

Lucy has been in the studio recording her new album preceded by the single 'We Are Unsinkable' due for release early next year and will be performing tracks from the album whilst on tour with the Young Voices choir.

Young students key to region's 'green future'

Students interested in careers in the renewable energy sector in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire have been finding out how they can join a new multi million pound college in Scunthorpe.

Many students will be guaranteed apprenticeships and it is hoped they will be key to the growth of the green industry on the banks of the Humber. Helen Steel reports.

Student recruitment for North Lincs " Green College"

Recruitment for students to the North Lincolnshire's first University Technical College, which will specialise in engineering and renewables, takes place this morning at The Stem Centre, North Lindsey College.

The event, between 9.30am and midday is aimed at young people and parents.

There will be a chance to meet specialists in engineering or renewables, plus education experts from SMartWind, BAE Systems, The Institute of Engineering, University of Hull and North Lindsey College as well as take part in activities.

Work is well underway to build the new £9.5m UTC which opens in September 2015 and will offer students a unique opportunity to learn key skills, alongside English, maths and science.

The UTC will provide 600 student places and has already recruited around 60 Year 10 and 60 Year 12 students through online applications and previous recruitment events.

Fifteen students each year will be offered the chance of a lifetime to be taken on as apprentices at the new £5m BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport and will learn how to service and maintain UK fighter jets and support international export contracts.

Once qualified, they will become part of the BAE Systems team, working alongside the RAF.

The government-funded UTC for 14 to 19 year olds is being built in the heart of Scunthorpe Town Centre.

"Work is well underway on creating the region's first UTC that will provide a unique opportunity for many students wanting a career in engineering or renewables.

"This is a fantastic and exciting opportunity for young people. Not only are we offering places at the College, but many students will be guaranteed an apprenticeship at the UK's leading training centre for BAE systems.

"We are really pleased with recruitment so far but there is a still a long way to go.

The event today will enable potential students to find out more about the UTC and how to apply, plus speak to those involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed."

– Cllr Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council leader

Miliband takes election campaign to Clegg's doorstep

There was a clash of the titans in Sheffield today as the Labour and Liberal Democrats leaders fought over the city. Ed Miliband went to Sheffield Hallam University - right on Nick Clegg's doorstep - to claim the Lib Dems had let students down.

Mr Miliband said he was worried changes to the way voters register to take part in the election means many young people won't realise they need to do it themselves. But the Lib Dems said the visit was all a cynical ploy to steal votes.

Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand was there.

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Labour & LibDem leaders fight over Sheffield

There was a clash of the titans in Sheffield today as the Labour and Liberal Democrats leaders fought over the city.

Ed Miliband went to Sheffield Hallam University - right on Nick Clegg's doorstep - to claim the Lib Dems had let students down.

Mr Miliband said he was worried changes to the way voters register to take part in the election means many young people won't realise they need to do it themselves.

But the Lib Dems said the visit was all a cynical ploy to steal votes. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand was there.

Miliband says he is the students' man

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